Social Movements: An Anthropological Reader / Edition 1

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"Social Movements: An Anthropological Reader expands on standard studies of social movements by offering a collection of writings that is exclusively anthropological in nature and global in its focus - thereby serving as an invaluable tool for instructors and students alike." The chapters are based on fieldwork carried out on four continents - North America, South America, Africa, and Asia - and in 14 countries. These chapters address problems of global health and the spread of diseases; loss of control over basic resources such as water and fuel; militarization; and repression of indigenous peoples and of women. The authors offer solutions that have been formulated by local peoples themselves; these responses provide a context for reform from below rather than directed by preconceived notions from above.
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"Expands on standard studies of social movements by offering a collection of writings that is exclusively anthropological in nature and global in its focus - thereby serving as an invaluable tool for instructors and students alike."

"I would highly recommend the book for development scholars." Development and Change

“Between global processes and local contexts, a great variety of social movements are at work. This careful and theoretically illuminating selection of case studies shows June Nash’s masterful grasp of a quickly growing field in anthropology.” Ulf Hannerz, Stockholm University

“An exciting volume! The contributors write from first-hand ethnographic knowledge of struggles in the anti-globalization movement, including the indigenous, peasants, women, industrial and urban workers, and even Islamic movements as they work to achieve a more equitable, democratic society.” Helen Safa, University of Florida

“With characteristic excellence and originality, June Nash traces a particular history in the making: how localized struggles worldwide are emerging globally in response to the devastations of economic corporate globalization.” Saskia Sassen, author of Globalization and its Discontents

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405101097
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/6/2004
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers in Anthropology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,219,224
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

June Nash is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the City University of New York. She is the author or editor of over 20 books, including Mayan Visions: The Quest for Autonomy in an Age of Globalization (2001) and Women and Change in Latin America (co-edited with Helen Safa, 1986).

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Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors.

Introduction: Social Movements and Global Processes: June Nash (City University New York).

Part I: Fragmentation and the Recomposition of Civil Society.

2. When Networks Don’t Work: Marc Edelman (City University New York).

3. The State and the Right Wing: The Village Scout Movement in Thailand: Katherine A. Bowie (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

4. Gender, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity: Lynn Stephen (University of Oregon).

5. Activism and Class Identity: The Saturn Auto Factory Case: Sharryn Kasmir (Hofstra University).

Part II: Secularization and Fundamentalist Reactions.

6. Print Islam: Media and Religious Revolution in Afghanistan: David B. Edwards (Williams College).

7. Local Islam Gone Global: The Roots of Religious Militancy in Egypt and its Transnational Transformation: James Toth (Northeastern University).

8. Nationalism and Militarism in West Papua: Institutional Power, Interpretive Practice, and the Pursuit of Christian Truth: Danilyn Rutherford (University of Chicago).

9. The Sarvodaya Movement’s Vision of Peace and a Dharmic Civil Society: George Bond (Northwestern University).

Part III: Deterritorialization and the Politics of Place.

10. Ethnic Resurgence: Autonomy Movements against Deterritorialization: June Nash (City University New York).

11. Resiliance of Nationalism in a Global Era: Megaprojects in Mexico’s South: Molly Doane (Marquette University).

12. The Politics of Place: Legislation, Civil Society and the ‘Restoration" of the Florida Everglades: Max Kirsch (Florida Atlantic University).

13. "Land, Water, and Truth": San Identity and Global Indigenism: Renée Sylvain (University of Guelph).

Part IV: Privatization, Individualization, and Global Cosmopolitanism.

14. The Fair Trade Movement: Changing the Rules of Trade with Global Partnership: Kimberly M. Grimes (University of Delaware).

15. "The Water is Ours, Carajo!": Deep Citizenship in Bolivia’s Water War: Robert Albro (Wheaton College).

16. From the Cosmopolitan to the Personal: Women’s Mobilization with Respect to HIV/AIDS: Ida Susser (City University of New York).

17. Political Organization among Indigenous Women of the Amazonia: Ligia Simonian (Federal University of Pará).

18. At Home in the World: Women’s Activism in Hyderabad, India: Deepa Reddy (University of Houston-Clear Lake).


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